SAFE means safer toi­lets at schools

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PRES­I­DENT RAMAPHOSA has called on the pri­vate sec­tor to play their part in pro­vid­ing safer san­i­ta­tion for schools.

The San­i­ta­tion Ap­pro­pri­ate for Ed­u­ca­tion (SAFE) ini­tia­tive is an an­swer to an emer­gency of nearly 4 000 schools with pit la­trines. This is ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa who to­gether with Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga, launched the SAFE ini­tia­tive, ral­ly­ing lead­ers of busi­ness to pledge their sup­port to­wards the erad­i­ca­tion of pit la­trines in schools.

The East­ern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Lim­popo top the prov­inces with the high­est num­ber of pit la­trines or in­ad­e­quate san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Re­flect­ing on the tragic deaths of Michael Komape and Lumka Mkhethwa, who died in 2014 and 2018 in a pit toi­let ac­ci­den­tally. The Pres­i­dent said more needs to be done.

“The ut­terly tragic and dev­as­tat­ing deaths of chil­dren so young and so in­no­cent re­minds us of the hu­man con­se­quences of ser­vice de­liv­ery de­layed.

“They re­mind us that we must fo­cus all our at­ten­tion not on what we have achieved, but on what we haven’t,” said Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa.

Recog­nis­ing that gov­ern­ment can­not erad­i­cate pit la­trines alone he called on stake­hold­ers from the pri­vate sec­tor to join hands with gov­ern­ment.

“We are calling on all South Africans, cor­po­rates, NGOs and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to be part of this am­bi­tious, but nec­es­sary, ef­fort to give ef­fect to the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights of our learn­ers.”

More than R100 mil­lion was raised to­wards the erad­i­ca­tion of pit la­trines by busi­nesses such as Avbob, Lon­min and Sa­sol.

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